Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Virgin River, Shelter Mountain, & Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr

I've started to read the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.  I've read the last few newer books in the series and decided to start from the beginning.  I've read the first three so far and so am condensing the reviews and posting all three here!

Goodreads Description of Virgin River:

"Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included."
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans...and a former marine cements them into place.
Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.
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Melinda needed a change after her husband was murdered.  Her entire life was turned upside down and she needed a clean slate.  She sold everything and took a job based on a phone call and some photographs sent to her.  When she go to Virgin River things were as wonderful as she believed.  She realized that she made a mistake the instant she arrived but it was solidified when she found the birds nest in her oven and the porch collapsed.  She did enjoy the bartender, Jack but that wasn't enough to keep her there and she wasn't ready for any kind of male attention.  On her way out of town, she finds a baby left at the doctors door step and she gets pulled in.  She slowly but steadily develops relationships and a connection especially with Jack.  Their romance seemed so natural and real.  

This book seemed more like viewing someones life through a window in space, almost like a soap opera but with out all the sleeping around and back stabbing that usually occurs in soap operas!  Definitely a MUST read!

Goodreads Description for Shelter Mountain:
For the second time in a year a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape the past. 

John “Preacher” Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of a wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one—the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect them, and he wants to punish whoever did this to her, but he knows immediately that this inclination to protect is something much more. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a man—emotions that he has never allowed himself to feel. 

But when Paige’s ex-husband turns up in Virgin River, Preacher knows his own future hangs in the balance. And if there’s one thing in the marines’ motto of Semper Fidelis—always faithful—has taught him, it’s that some things are worth fighting for.

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After reading the first in this series, I absolutely had to read about Preacher and how he finds love.  Preacher is a big man who looks scary but in reality is a big teddy bear, well at least where woman are concerned.  Paige is an abused woman who after her latest beating from her husband, grabbed her child and ran.  Nothing would stop him and she's tried it all.  She gets turned around and lost and stumbles into the bar Jack owns and Preacher works and cooks at.  Preacher is drawn to Paige like a moth is to a flame.  They grow into a very close friendship where you can tell would combust into a great passion if allowed.  Preacher wants Paige to be free and so helps her go through the steps to get a divorce.  This is a happy ever after however there are some ups and downs and twists and turns.  

I love how Robyn Carr adds side stories about other members of the town and it feels like you are part of the town.  It's not all bout Preacher and Paige but also about the other residents and how they care for one another.  As I stated in the review for the first book, you feel like you're in the story an you can see their world through a window.  I've never read another series like this and I love how it is written.  It's just very original and gripping!  Strongly recommend!

Goodreads Description for Whispering Rock:

The tightly knit community of Virgin River has been a safe haven for more than a few lost souls over the years—and there’s always room for one more... 

A decorated U.S. Marine reservist, LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela was badly wounded in the line of duty, but has found hope and healing in Virgin River. When he agrees to become the town’s first cop, he does so knowing it’s time he settled down. Twice divorced and the lover of too many women, he secretly longs for the kind of commitment and happiness his marine buddies have found—a woman who can tie up his heart forever. He finds that woman in Brie Sheridan, a Sacramento prosecutor who understands his drive to protect and serve. Virgin River becomes a safe haven for Brie after nearly losing her life at the hands of a crazed criminal. Though tough and courageous, she’s got some fears she can’t escape—but now she has someone who will shower her just what it means to trust again. 

Mike will do anything to help Brie free herself from painful memories. Passionate, strong and gentle, he vows to give back to her what she’s so selflessly given him—her heart, and with it, a new beginning.

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This third in this series is mainly about Mike and Brie.  Brie is Jack's youngest sister and assistant ADA in LA.  She failed to put a serial rapist in prison, her husband leaves her for her best friend, then she's attacked and raped by the serial rapist.  Mike was an LAPD Sargent who was shot by a teen gang banger wannabe as a way to get into a gang! He retires to Virgin River to heal and have the comfort of his friends and leave his family and their constant hovering behind him.  Mel, Jacks wife, helps him with his physical therapy.  Then he learns about Brie. He's cared for her ever since he met her and he knows what it's like to be a victim of a violent crime.  He reaches out and helps her through her fears and newly formed phobias.  Mike is given a job as the town law enforcement and soon realizes it's not going to be an easy job, someone is targeting teenage girls and giving them date rape drugs.  Also in this book you are given more information about other residence and their continued issues through out the first few books.  

I love how each book is tied together and how all the members of the town take care of each other.  The strong ties and romances make this a wonderful story and another continuation of the life like story of those who live in Virgin River.  I can't wait to get to the fourth book!

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